Lives Lived: Norman Reynolds |

Lives Lived: Norman Reynolds

Norman Elliot Reynolds, a former Grass Valley resident, died Jan. 23 in Colville, Wash. He was 89.

A graveside service was held at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guest book at

He was born June 16, 1920, in Milford, Utah, to Jess and Erma J. Reynolds. He was raised in Chicago and graduated in Aurora, Ill., in 1938.

In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He married Emma Julia Flinn on Feb. 8, 1942, in Yuma, Ariz.

Mr. Reynolds was deployed overseas during World War II, serving in Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Bismarck Archipelago and the Philippine Islands. He re-enlisted during the Korean War, serving as a communications technician. He received the Korea Service Medal.

He continued in the field, attending trade school to attain certification and working in San Diego.

Mr. Reynolds took a job with the California Division of Forestry and moved his family to Grass Valley. In 1960, he was the communications technician for the VIII Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley.

He retired in 1982, and he and Mrs. Reynolds moved to Kettle Falls, Wash.

He was dedicated to serving others, from his involvement with the sheriff’s office and fire crews, repairing and maintaining communications equipment, to his service in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and in his communities.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his children, Norman (Nancy) Reynolds of Courtney, B.C., Daryl (Susie) Reynolds of Longview, Texas, and Kentyn Reynolds of Sebastopol, Kim (Karl) Holling of Colville; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and 11 foster children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Reynolds; brothers, Walter “Sonny” and Bill Reynolds; a baby sister; and grandson, Brahm Reynolds.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Spokane Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements were by Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Colville.

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